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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) serves as an advocate for UMBC’s research community, and supports our faculty, staff and students in their pursuit of research, scholarship and creative achievement across all levels.

As we celebrate UMBC’s 50th Anniversary in 2016, we can look back at significant achievements and tremendous growth in our capacity to conduct meaningful research all across our campus community.

From modest beginnings, with some of our initial external research awards secured in the mid 1990’s, we have grown into a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity, as designated by the current Carnegie Classification, which places us among the top 220 research universities in the Nation with FY 2016 research expenditures approaching $80 Million. According to the current NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, we are ranked #151 in federal research and development expenditures.

We build on the inherent strengths in our vibrant, interdisciplinary and collaborative research culture, with a strong national reputation for integrating undergraduates in mentored research. Our key research priorities are well aligned with regional and national priorities – Environment, Health, National Security and Education.

Our research motto “Innovation That Matters” highlights the fact that our faculty and students are particularly strong in translational and applied research areas: we want to experience that our work has direct impact – on the scientific and engineering fields, on our students, and on the communities that we touch.

Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally, most notably with the election of Dr. Michael Summers in Chemistry and Biochemistry to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016, but also through the award of three NSF Career Awards in 2015/16 – to Dr. Chris Hennigan in Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Helena Mentis in Information Systems and Dr. Matt Pelton in Physics; an NIH Early Career Award in 2015 for Dr. Danielle Beatty Moody in Psychology, a DOE Early Career Award in 2015 for Dr. Jeffrey Gardner in Biology,  both a 2016 Carnegie Fellowship and a 2015 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Fellowship for Kate Brown in History, and two Humboldt Foundation Research Awards  in 2015/16 – to Dr. Curtis Menyuk in CSEE and Dr. Michael Nance in Philosophy. These are just a few of the major recognitions over the past year alone.

Our strategic location between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC — in close proximity to major national labs and key industry leaders — positions us well to establish and grow long-term, sustainable partnerships and help create the highly educated workforce needed for tomorrow’s economy.

Our research and incubator park – bwtech@UMBC – is located adjacent to the campus, comprises 525,000 square feet, houses 120 tenants providing 1,200 jobs and three incubators: in cybersecurity, life sciences, and clean tech. Launched in 1989, bwtech@UMBC was the first incubator located at an academic research institution in Maryland.

We hope this Research at UMBC site will be a frequent destination for you – our external partners, the campus community and the broader public.

As our Nation and the international community face environmental, technological, political, economic and social challenges, UMBC’s core values of diversity, inclusive excellence and innovation will propel us forward to meet these challenges.

Please let us know how we can achieve even more together.

Karl V. Steiner
Vice President for Research
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering